Permaculture & Regenerative Design Certificate Program

A unique approach to field-based learning, this innovative curriculum is an interdisciplinary experience where students learn how to create resilient agro-ecology systems as well as a built environment that integrates with the surrounding ecosystem and collaborates with natural processes. We study alternative architecture, ecological engineering, environmental justice, regenerative community development, relocation self-build housing, sustainable food systems, and much more.

Permaculture is a design philosophy and a system of applied technique focusing on organic agro-ecology, the regeneration of natural resources, and the creation of a built environment drawn from historical practice to create communities that collaborate with natural systems. In a Permaculture Design Course (PDC), students learn aspects of aquaculture, bio-dynamics, climatology, crop-rotation, earthworks, eco-village design, ethno-gastronomy, field ecology, food forest propagation, forest structure, hydrodynamics, integrated pest management, landscape ecology, nutrient cycles, restoration ecology, seed saving, soil health, and more. Particularly relevant to the 21st century is content covering design for disaster relief, relocation of displaced populations and community resiliency, including the invisible structures that ensure projects succeed